eon and eternal, are you advocating no front/rear braking bias adjustment when riding in the dry vs. wet? That controdicts all the professional opinions I read in various books and websites about wet riding. Tracking riding is about exploring the limits, where as street riding is about maximizing the margin of safety. On the MP3 w/ 2 front wheels that eon has, I’d imagine the margin of safety of front lock-up in the wet is higher than a normal motorcycle w/ just 1 front wheel.
At the risk of over simplification but to illustrate there is a different between dry and wet braking:
– On “clean” wet pavement, going straight, normal street riding, not much adjustment is needed compared to dry. The front brake can and will provide most of the stopping power.
– On “special” surfaces (painted lines, rail road crossing, man hole cover, mud, wet leaves, etc.) that may have decent traction when dry, but have very low traction when wet, avoid touching the brakes in the wet, and certainly not the front brake.
– Wet traction is a continuous variable between the above two extremes, so you need to adjust your front/rear braking bias according to the condition, speed, deceleration needed, your experience, etc. Since you can’t tell with 100% certainty where you are in that traction continuum, the strategy from expert advice is to be more conservative – a) slow down, so you don’t need that much braking force in the first place; b) since you’re going slower, you can afford to give up some front braking power and rely more on rear braking power, in exchange for the lower chance of locking up the front.
Off-road (low traction) riders heavily “bias” their braking toward the rear to reduce the risk of front lock up. The point is not to say that you don’t use the front brake in the wet, but that the front/rear bias should to be adjusted based on the traction available to you.